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EC/Mexico relations

Formal relations between the European Economic Community and Mexico began with a Cooperation Agreement signed on 15.7.1975, subsequently replaced by a Framework Agreement on Cooperation which came into force on 1 November 1991 (OJ No L 340 of 11.12.1991). This Agreement covers...
Formal relations between the European Economic Community and Mexico began with a Cooperation Agreement signed on 15.7.1975, subsequently replaced by a Framework Agreement on Cooperation which came into force on 1 November 1991 (OJ No L 340 of 11.12.1991). This Agreement covers a variety of domains, including cooperation in energy and research as well as economic and commercial activities.

In the field of energy a number of projects are already under way or about to begin. These include:

- The development of instruments and of a methodology for the evaluation of energy needs in Latin America;
- Technical assistance in the field of geothermal energy;
- Studies on the rational use of energy and on energy policy;
- The creation of tools for the analysis of energy supply and demand (databases, models, prediction);
- Projects on the rational use of energy (ENERMEX, CUESTAENER, COGMEX).

Research cooperation takes both direct and indirect forms. In the first case, European research institutes associate themselves with Mexican institutes in order to undertake joint research projects. In the second case, institutes in several countries unite their efforts in RTD projects of mutual interest.

In other areas, notable cooperative actions during 1993 include:

- The EEC/Mexico Agro-industry Fair (March 1993), at which over 100 European companies met some 300 of their Mexican counterparts in this sector. A similar Fair is planned for May 1994;

- The first International Fair for Fisheries took place in Mexico (August 1993), with Community-financed business meetings arranged between European and Mexican enterprises;

- A multiannual programme also began in 1993, bringing together business people in five key sectors considered of particular mutual interest.

- "Europalia Mexico" takes place during September-December 1993. It will include a number of Community-financed events under the title "promotion of commerce and industry".

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